Down Under Series

A special series created for genealogists living Down Under. Webinars are presented live and in respect to the local time zone. Topics include Down Under genealogy, technology, and U.K. and European ancestral research.

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Four Further Sources for New Zealand Family History
Explore your New Zealand family history a little further and add to your family story.
Explore your New Zealand family history a little further and add to your family story.
Wed, June 5 2024: 2:00 UTC
1:06:56
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Getting Out of the Archives and Into the Pubs to Trace Your Irish Ancestry
This webinar demonstrates how Eliza Watson traced her Coffey ancestry line back eight generations from southwest Wisconsin to Ireland in 1705. An amazing feat due to the lack of Irish historical records. Her success was thanks to a newfound Irish Daly relation, extensive cemetery research, and a local historian. The webinar provides creative ways to break down an Irish research brick wall.
This webinar demonstrates how Eliza Watson traced her Coffey ancestry line back eight generations from southwest Wisconsin to Ireland in 1705. An amazing feat due to the lack of Irish historical records. Her success was thanks to a newfound Irish Daly relation, extensive cemetery research, and a local historian. The webinar provides creative ways to break down an Irish research brick wall.
Wed, May 1 2024: 2:00 UTC
1:04:05
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Non-Conformism in England and Wales
Do you know the difference between a Peculiar Baptist and an Anabaptist? What types of records the Quakers kept? What the Puritans believed? Understanding the background to and the beliefs of the multitude of non-conformist churches can give us an insight into our ancestors’ lives. Learning what records the various groups kept can give us a new lead for our research, or prevent us looking for records that never existed in the first place. This talk will not only tackle those questions, but also give a history of many of the non-conformist churches that existed in England and Wales.
Do you know the difference between a Peculiar Baptist and an Anabaptist? What types of records the Quakers kept? What the Puritans believed? Understanding the background to and the beliefs of the multitude of non-conformist churches can give us an insight into our ancestors’ lives. Learning what records the various groups kept can give us a new lead for our research, or prevent us looking for records that never existed in the first place. This talk will not only tackle those questions, but also give a history of many of the non-conformist churches that existed in England and Wales.
Wed, April 3 2024: 1:00 UTC
1:08:45
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Beyond the Church Register: Finding and using religious archives in Australia
The records of churches and congregations in Australia are spread across a range of different archival repositories at local, state and national levels. Come on a journey to find what records might help develop your family history and genealogy, where those records live, and how to access them.
The records of churches and congregations in Australia are spread across a range of different archival repositories at local, state and national levels. Come on a journey to find what records might help develop your family history and genealogy, where those records live, and how to access them.
Wed, March 6 2024: 1:00 UTC
1:08:15
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From Trial to Transformation: Building a Convict’s Life through multiple records and data sets
Exploring the life of a convict ancestor can be exciting but also a daunting task. This webinar leads participants through a methodical examination of the records available at various stages of a convict’s life from trial through to freedom. After developing a framework for investigation, case studies are then used to demonstrate the various records available and where to find them, including both within Australia and overseas. Issues such as record conflicts and understanding the broader social context will also be explored to more fully understand changes in terminology and record types.
Exploring the life of a convict ancestor can be exciting but also a daunting task. This webinar leads participants through a methodical examination of the records available at various stages of a convict’s life from trial through to freedom. After developing a framework for investigation, case studies are then used to demonstrate the various records available and where to find them, including both within Australia and overseas. Issues such as record conflicts and understanding the broader social context will also be explored to more fully understand changes in terminology and record types.
Wed, February 7 2024: 1:00 UTC
1:12:14
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A military heritage: Finding your British army lineage in pre-20th century records
Many Australians will have a soldier or sailor somewhere in their family tree, particularly from the 20th century onwards. Finding those ancestors who served in Australian contingents during World War One or Two for example, is a relatively straightforward process, mainly because the records are mostly available in Australian archives. However, once the search moves back into the 19th or 18th century, then it can become a more complicated puzzle. This presentation provides an overview of the military history of Europe during the 19th and 18th centuries and outlines the range of records which are available, such as those at The National Archives (UK) in particular as well as Australian archives and military museums and an increasing number of online resources. The wealth of detail will help reveal the life of your military ancestor and may even be able to take your research back into the 18th century.
Many Australians will have a soldier or sailor somewhere in their family tree, particularly from the 20th century onwards. Finding those ancestors who served in Australian contingents during World War One or Two for example, is a relatively straightforward process, mainly because the records are mostly available in Australian archives. However, once the search moves back into the 19th or 18th century, then it can become a more complicated puzzle. This presentation provides an overview of the military history of Europe during the 19th and 18th centuries and outlines the range of records which are available, such as those at The National Archives (UK) in particular as well as Australian archives and military museums and an increasing number of online resources. The wealth of detail will help reveal the life of your military ancestor and may even be able to take your research back into the 18th century.
Thu, January 11 2024: 1:00 UTC
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Can You Write a Wrong? Copyright in Australia
Knowing what we can freely use, without permission, in our family histories ensures that we are not infringing on the rights of others. For example, did you know that if you watch your grandmother make her secret pasta sauce, writing down the ingredients and methods she used, you have created your own ‘literary work’ which is now protected by copyright? (Just don’t tell Granny!) How then does copyright law apply to published and unpublished works? What is fair use and moral rights? Can a distant cousin use information in her family book that I have researched? This presentation will examine those aspects of Australia’s copyright law which apply to family historians and discusses ways we can comply with the law.
Knowing what we can freely use, without permission, in our family histories ensures that we are not infringing on the rights of others. For example, did you know that if you watch your grandmother make her secret pasta sauce, writing down the ingredients and methods she used, you have created your own ‘literary work’ which is now protected by copyright? (Just don’t tell Granny!) How then does copyright law apply to published and unpublished works? What is fair use and moral rights? Can a distant cousin use information in her family book that I have researched? This presentation will examine those aspects of Australia’s copyright law which apply to family historians and discusses ways we can comply with the law.
Wed, December 6 2023: 1:00 UTC
1:03:45
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Gold Fever and Finding Miners Down Under
This presentation examines the lure of gold discoveries in various Australian states in the 19th century. Many people travelled down under to try and make their fortunes but didn’t realise just how hard it was working on Australian gold fields. Mining records and newspapers can be used to trace miners and to understand their way of life.
Shauna Hicks
This presentation examines the lure of gold discoveries in various Australian states in the 19th century. Many people travelled down under to try and make their fortunes but didn’t realise just how hard it was working on Australian gold fields. Mining records and newspapers can be used to trace miners and to understand their way of life.
Wed, October 4 2023: 1:00 UTC
1:14:47
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How to Catch a Criminal: Finding Records for Your Rogue Relatives Downunder
Australia has a wealth of publicly available records for people who have interacted with the criminal justice system, be they criminals, suspects, victims of crime, witnesses in criminal cases, and law enforcement officials, but do you know how to find these records? This talk will do a deep dive into the available record sets, including mug shots, prison registers, criminal court records, inquests and coronial records, and Police Gazettes, among others.
Kristy Love
Australia has a wealth of publicly available records for people who have interacted with the criminal justice system, be they criminals, suspects, victims of crime, witnesses in criminal cases, and law enforcement officials, but do you know how to find these records? This talk will do a deep dive into the available record sets, including mug shots, prison registers, criminal court records, inquests and coronial records, and Police Gazettes, among others.
Wed, September 6 2023: 2:00 UTC
1:03:27
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Six Top Sites for Queensland Research
Let’s dive into six Queensland, Australia sites for your genealogical research.
Let’s dive into six Queensland, Australia sites for your genealogical research.
Wed, August 2 2023: 2:00 UTC
1:06:19
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Another Four Sources for New Zealand Family History
Taking a deeper dive into other resources to extend your New Zealand family history research.
Taking a deeper dive into other resources to extend your New Zealand family history research.
Wed, June 7 2023: 2:00 UTC
1:07:23
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Convicts: From Trial to Freedom
Convicts are amongst the best documented Australian early settlers. Learn how you can follow the passage of convict ancestors from the initial reports of their crimes, through trial and transportation and the documentation of their period as a convict in an Australian colony.
Kerry Farmer
Convicts are amongst the best documented Australian early settlers. Learn how you can follow the passage of convict ancestors from the initial reports of their crimes, through trial and transportation and the documentation of their period as a convict in an Australian colony.
Wed, May 3 2023: 2:00 UTC

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Wed, July 3 2024: 2:00 UTC
10 Unexpected Places to Find Ancestor Photos Online
Wed, July 3 2024: 2:00 UTC
It is wonderful to uncover the facts of an ancestor’s life, but putting a face to a name is the most amazing discovery of all. Expand your search for your ancestor’s faces with these ten “unexpected” online resources!
It is wonderful to uncover the facts of an ancestor’s life, but putting a face to a name is the most amazing discovery of all. Expand your search for your ancestor’s faces with these ten “unexpected” online resources!
Wed, July 3 2024: 2:00 UTC
Wed, August 7 2024: 2:00 UTC
Finding New South Wales birth, marriage and death records: 1788-1900
Wed, August 7 2024: 2:00 UTC
The New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages has made it easy for genealogists to find records relating to the births/baptisms, marriages and deaths/burials of those living in NSW during the colonial years. However, sometimes it’s too easy. When genealogists no longer need to undertake manual searches, they can miss entries for their ancestors’ family members or find only abbreviated entries, unaware that more information might be available elsewhere. Moreover, any index is only as good as the transcriber or indexer. Carol Baxter spent decades living and breathing New South Wales colonial records in her roles as project officer for the Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record and as General Editor of its later online incarnation, the Biographical Database of Australia. Her duties included transcribing church records as well as processing the datasets transcribed by volunteers. As such, Carol has an in-depth knowledge of these vital colonial sources.
The New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages has made it easy for genealogists to find records relating to the births/baptisms, marriages and deaths/burials of those living in NSW during the colonial years. However, sometimes it’s too easy. When genealogists no longer need to undertake manual searches, they can miss entries for their ancestors’ family members or find only abbreviated entries, unaware that more information might be available elsewhere. Moreover, any index is only as good as the transcriber or indexer. Carol Baxter spent decades living and breathing New South Wales colonial records in her roles as project officer for the Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record and as General Editor of its later online incarnation, the Biographical Database of Australia. Her duties included transcribing church records as well as processing the datasets transcribed by volunteers. As such, Carol has an in-depth knowledge of these vital colonial sources.
Wed, August 7 2024: 2:00 UTC
Wed, September 4 2024: 2:00 UTC
Efficient Genealogy: Streamline Your Research with TextExpander
Wed, September 4 2024: 2:00 UTC
Are you a dedicated genealogist seeking ways to optimize your research process? Join us for an enlightening webinar, “Efficient Genealogy: Streamline Your Research with TextExpander!” In this one-hour session, we’ll delve into the powerful capabilities of TextExpander and how it can revolutionize your genealogy workflow. Imagine effortlessly creating perfectly formatted citations, enhancing the quality of your research logs, and drastically reducing the time you spend typing. As a professional genealogist, Christine will guide you through hands-on demonstrations, showcasing how you can create citation templates and text snippets with TextExpander that can save you hours while improving the precision of your work. Whether you’re an experienced researcher or just starting your genealogy journey, this webinar is your gateway to a more efficient and rewarding genealogy experience. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to streamline your research process and make the most of your valuable time. Join us and discover how TextExpander can truly transform the way you approach genealogy!
Are you a dedicated genealogist seeking ways to optimize your research process? Join us for an enlightening webinar, “Efficient Genealogy: Streamline Your Research with TextExpander!” In this one-hour session, we’ll delve into the powerful capabilities of TextExpander and how it can revolutionize your genealogy workflow. Imagine effortlessly creating perfectly formatted citations, enhancing the quality of your research logs, and drastically reducing the time you spend typing. As a professional genealogist, Christine will guide you through hands-on demonstrations, showcasing how you can create citation templates and text snippets with TextExpander that can save you hours while improving the precision of your work. Whether you’re an experienced researcher or just starting your genealogy journey, this webinar is your gateway to a more efficient and rewarding genealogy experience. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to streamline your research process and make the most of your valuable time. Join us and discover how TextExpander can truly transform the way you approach genealogy!
Wed, September 4 2024: 2:00 UTC
Wed, October 2 2024: 2:00 UTC
Oops! Married twice (at the same time) Case Studies in Bigamy!
Wed, October 2 2024: 2:00 UTC
Divorce in Queensland Australia was very difficult to obtain. Some couples then just lived together and some underwent a bigamous marriage. What were the penalties? The records? Follow these ten bigamy case studies.
Divorce in Queensland Australia was very difficult to obtain. Some couples then just lived together and some underwent a bigamous marriage. What were the penalties? The records? Follow these ten bigamy case studies.
Wed, October 2 2024: 2:00 UTC
Wed, November 6 2024: 1:00 UTC
Family History Treasure in Australian Libraries
Wed, November 6 2024: 1:00 UTC
This presentation looks at what resources are available in Australia’s national, state and local libraries for family history research. Many state and local history and heritage resources are only available at the library. Find out what you might be missing.
Shauna Hicks
This presentation looks at what resources are available in Australia’s national, state and local libraries for family history research. Many state and local history and heritage resources are only available at the library. Find out what you might be missing.
Wed, November 6 2024: 1:00 UTC
Wed, December 4 2024: 1:00 UTC
Finding Your British WWI Soldier – Dead or Alive
Wed, December 4 2024: 1:00 UTC
New record images create the most complete set of records to identify the over 5.5 million soldiers served in the British Army during World War I. This is a large topic, but research has gotten easier during the last couple of years as original resources and indexes have become available online, and new finding aids have been created. This lecture examines what records were destroyed during WWII, what records survived along with how to use the new indexes, online originals and how to interpret them. Plus put the soldier’s actions into battle context.
New record images create the most complete set of records to identify the over 5.5 million soldiers served in the British Army during World War I. This is a large topic, but research has gotten easier during the last couple of years as original resources and indexes have become available online, and new finding aids have been created. This lecture examines what records were destroyed during WWII, what records survived along with how to use the new indexes, online originals and how to interpret them. Plus put the soldier’s actions into battle context.
Wed, December 4 2024: 1:00 UTC
Tue, June 25 2024: 18:00 UTC
Finding Your Canadian Ancestors on MyHeritage
Tue, June 25 2024: 18:00 UTC
This session will show how MyHeritage can help you find your Canadian ancestors through filters while searching through the records. A list of which Canadian records are available will be provided.
This session will show how MyHeritage can help you find your Canadian ancestors through filters while searching through the records. A list of which Canadian records are available will be provided.
Tue, June 25 2024: 18:00 UTC
Wed, June 26 2024: 18:00 UTC
Kentucky and Virginia Tax Lists – 5 ½ Strategies for Identifying That Elusive Early Southerner
Wed, June 26 2024: 18:00 UTC
Kentucky and Virginia have some of the most complete tax lists in the United States. Their value in research often goes unrecognized by even the experienced researcher. Tax lists can be a primary tool for solving difficult research problems and are invaluable when used with other records. Learn how to access original records, to best organize them for study, and to interpret their meaning. The lecture will use case studies to show their use in tracking individuals across time, estimating birth dates and death dates, separating individuals of the same name, determining the identity of other family members, and using them as substitutes for deeds, court records, and estate records in burned counties.
Kentucky and Virginia have some of the most complete tax lists in the United States. Their value in research often goes unrecognized by even the experienced researcher. Tax lists can be a primary tool for solving difficult research problems and are invaluable when used with other records. Learn how to access original records, to best organize them for study, and to interpret their meaning. The lecture will use case studies to show their use in tracking individuals across time, estimating birth dates and death dates, separating individuals of the same name, determining the identity of other family members, and using them as substitutes for deeds, court records, and estate records in burned counties.
Wed, June 26 2024: 18:00 UTC
How to Find the Truth about a Family Story
Fri, June 28 2024: 18:00 UTC
Oral history provides the foundation for all family research. Documentary evidence builds structure on that foundation. But documents often conflict with family traditions. How do we determine the core truths that are essential to understanding our own past? This class examines the causes of those conflicts and demonstrates how to peel away generations of confusion to find the real story that underpins family lore. Case studies include both Native American and African American traditions.
Oral history provides the foundation for all family research. Documentary evidence builds structure on that foundation. But documents often conflict with family traditions. How do we determine the core truths that are essential to understanding our own past? This class examines the causes of those conflicts and demonstrates how to peel away generations of confusion to find the real story that underpins family lore. Case studies include both Native American and African American traditions.
Fri, June 28 2024: 18:00 UTC